The Japanese government through diplomatic channels has informed Russia that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend the Victory Day celebrations in Moscow, if they take place on 3 September, the anniversary of Japan’s surrender in world war II. About it the newspaper Asahi reported government sources.
Russia traditionally celebrates the Victory Day on 9 may. This year, to mark the 75th anniversary of this historic event, the Russian government was invited to the celebrations of many world leaders, including Abe. In Tokyo welcomed the invitation, hoping that Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to continue talks on the issue of Kuril Islands.
But in pandemic coronavirus Russia postponed the ceremony. One of the possible dates of the parade called the anniversary of the end of the Second world war. 17 April, the Russian Parliament decided that the date of the end of the war, September 3, not September 2, as is customary throughout the world. On April 24 the bill was signed by Putin.
In Tokyo recalled that the Soviet Union was celebrated September 3 to commemorate his victory over militaristic Japan. In the post-Soviet era, several attempts were made to revive the tradition. But this did not happen because the Russian government has sought to avoid the destruction of relations with Japan.
In fact, the date change gives the opportunity to portray Russia as the winner in the war against Japan that justifies its claims to the Northern territory – the Kuril Islands, writes the Asahi, in which case the presence of Abe in Moscow would be “unacceptable”, said the interlocutor of the newspaper of the Prime Minister’s office.
Because of a dispute about the Kuril Islands, Japan and Russia still have not signed a peace Treaty after the Second world war.
In September 2018, Putin offered Japan to conclude a peace Treaty before the end of the year, without preconditions. However, the Secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers of Japan Acehide Suga on the same day, said that to solve the territorial dispute about the Kuril Islands , Japan will not sign a contract.
November 14 at a meeting in Singapore with Putin, Abe promised that in case of transfer of Japan of Islands they are not will to place US military bases.
1 January 2019 Japanese Prime Minister noted that the transfer of the Kuril Islands to Japan should not cause problems for citizensliving on this territory.
On 24 February 2019, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that the conditions for the conclusion of a peace Treaty between Japan and Russia do not exist.